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Your Ultimate Summer Bucket List—and the Shoes to Go with It

Ten must-dos + 10 must-wears.

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It's here! After what seems like a par*tic*ularly long wait, the warm weather has finally arrived. Which means it's officially the start of exploring season.

Here, your list of to-dos now summer's officially started —and the shoes you'll want to be wearing when you do 'em. Happy summer-ing!

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An Afternoon at the Amusement Park
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Nothing says inner child like funnel cake and roller coasters. Beat the summer crowd while they lines are likely shorter. The sweet, temperate weather is perfection for a fun-filled day outside.

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star, dsw.com; Kate Spade New York Slim Portable Charger, $60, katespade.com; Zara Sunglasses, $19.99, zara.com

An Outdoor Movie Screening
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In lieu of the latest blockbuster, skip the theater and watch an old classic outdoors. Pack bug spray, beer, a blanket and arrive early—the best spots on the grass go fast!

Dolce Vita Lucy Wedge, $79.95, dsw.com; Fuchsia Portofino Peshtemal Simple Life, $68, domino.com; Current/Elliott The Rolled Sleeve Trucker Denim Jacket, $340, matchesfashion.com

Post-Yoga Brunch With the Girls
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After an hour of downward dogging, a catch up with your crew and a hearty meal (mimosa obviously included) are in order. Roll up your mat, blast your scalp with dry shampoo, slip on a pair of comfy-cute sandals, and head to a café for that egg white omelette with a side of bacon. Namaste.

Birkenstock Gizeh Flat, $94.95, dsw.com; Work It Out Exercise Mat in After This We're Getting Pizza, $32, bando.com; Ouai Dry Shampoo, $24, theouai.com

A Romantic All-Day Picnic
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Save the dinner-and-a-movie date for fall and take to the great outdoors—even if it's just your backyard! Dining al fresco will feel like an adventure without ever leaving your block.

Lucky Brand Marla Wedge, $49.95, dsw.com; Picnic Time Heart Shaped Wicker Picnic Basket, $100, brookstone.com; Fentimans Rose Lemonade Soda, $2.49, kegworks.com

Rooftop Drinks With Co-Workers
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Take your team happy hour up a notch (or building) at an outdoor lounge with spectacular views of the city. The combination of cool décor and an impressive cocktail menu are sure to impress co-workers—and the boss. 🙋

Lucky Brand Brolley, $89.95, dsw.com; H&M Off-The-Shoulder Dress, $49.99, hm.com; Tom Ford Private Blend Tobacco Vanille Eau de Parfum, $220, sephora.com


Something about spring makes us get off the couch and explore the town more. Check out what's on exhibit at your nearest gallery or museum. The best part of abstract art? You don't have to understand it.

Aldo Cantagrillo, $59.95, dsw.com; Roger Vivier Graffiti Leather Zip-Top Pochette, $925, spring.com; Clinique Pop Lacquer Lip Colour + Primer in Happy Pop, $18, sephora.com

A Stroll Through the Botanical Gardens
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Cherry blossoms aren't the only flowers blooming these days. Tulips, grape hyacinth, and Japanese pieris are decorating public gardens, too. Make sure your phone's fully charged for all the Insta's you'll be posting! #flowerpower

Madden Girl Benniee, $24.95, dsw.com; Printed Guipure Lace Dress, $69.90, zara.com; Dolce & Gabbana Dolce Rosa Excelsa, $93, sephora.com

A Beer Garden Break
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Netflix-and-chill another night. Take advantage of the balmy weather and grab a few beers and brats at your local biergarten. Prost!

Jessica Simpson Pheefa, $69.95, dsw.com; Michael Michael Kors Belted Denim Mini Dress, $150, michaelkors.com; Marc Jacobs Gotham Leather Phone Wallet, $155, marcjacobs.com

A Day at the Beach
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Even if it's too chilly for a swim (how we envy you Floridians), a breezy walk along the shore or a chill afternoon on the sand with a good book, a tote full of snacks, and a mellow R&B playlist are pretty perfect.

Indigo Rd. Latita, $39.95, dsw.com; Clinique Sun Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Body Cream, $23, sephora.com; Dolce & Gabbana 50mm Round Sunglasses, $185, nordstrom.com

Rocking Out at a Music Festival

Festival season is in full swing! From Jazz Fest to Bonaroo to Austin City Limits, whether you enjoy folk, EDM, hip-hop, or a mix of them all, there's something on the horizon for you. Grab your crew and make it happen!

Indigo Rd. Bestly, $29.95, dsw.com; Purple Floral Crown, $12, bikini.com; Vera Bradley Tess Belt Bag in Exotic Floral Grid with Black Trim, $68, verabradley.com

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